Developmental Assets are:
• Skills • Positive Relationships • Values • Opportunities*
Developmental Assets® are essential building blocks for the healthy development of children and youth. Arlington uses the Developmental Assets as a framework because…
Assets are POSITIVE! They focus on supports we (families, schools and community) provide to young people through the relationships we have with them, the environment we create, and the activities we lead or expose them to, helping them become become caring, responsible, and productive adults.
Assets are MEASURABLE! We conduct a survey of youth every three years so we can know where to focus our energy. We know that the more ASSETS a young person has, the more likely he or she will be to make HEALTHY, POSITIVE CHOICES. In 2012 9% iStock_000016756638_Smallof Arlington youth report the optimum number of assets (31-40).
Assets are INTENTIONAL. Simply put, the Developmental Assets are experiences, supports, and qualities that we provide for young people at home, at school, and in the community that will help them grow and develop. The list includes: support of caring adults, clear boundaries, positive values, and high hopes for the future
Any adult in the community can help to build assets in young people–teachers, youth leaders, religious leaders, neighbors or crossing guards. So… what can you do?
Based in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research, the Developmental Assets framework has proven to be effective and has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States and, increasingly, around the world. The framework has been adapted to be developmentally relevant from early childhood through adolescence. (Search Institute) Download and use wherever you might need a quick cheat sheet on Assets!